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The Encyclopedia of Walt Disney's Animated Characters: From Mickey Mouse to Hercules Hardcover – 30 May 1998

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  • Hardcover: 466 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; Revised edition edition (30 May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786863366
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786863365
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 3.2 x 32.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,258,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lists and provides portraits of the hundreds of Disney characters created for animated features throughout the years.


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Format: Hardcover
This is not a small book, it's big and by golly it's beautiful too. Lavishly illustrated it tells you all you need to know about the stars of the animated shorts, television and, of course, the features; from Snow White to Hercules. When I bought my second copy (to keep up to date) I was pleased to see that Mr Grant had included films such as "Who Framed Roger Rabbit", "Duck Tales: The Movie - Treasure Of The Lost Lamp", and "James And The Giant Peach", films that could have been easily excluded. But no, Mr Grant clearly loves his subject material and he conveys that through excellent reviews and observations. Each feature has several sections devoted to it; a credit list, a plot synopsis, a review that looks at the response the film received when it opened and, as you'd expect from the title, a look at all the characters involved. The Shorts section is as well written as is the television chapter. If there's a bad point to this book it's that you really need to buy it again and again as it is updated but when you read it you'll find it's a small price to pay. If you enjoy Disney's animated output this is the book you really ought to have ... it is a bargain.
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This encyclopedia gives thoughtful, complete portrayals of every Disney character, from the shorts to the movies to the TV series. From the 9-page essay on Donald Duck to the paragraph or two on a minor character, it all makes for great reading. It is wonderful reference material and even as a good book; John Grant treats the characters like real people! It is very well reasearched, too. It's also got great animation stills of almost every character, too. Wonderful to read, browse through or look up stuff!
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This book is huge. It has all the information that you would ever need about any Disney character and also about every Disney film right up to present times. I would recommend this book to everyone who has ever been to a Disney park and wants to know the 'ins and outs' of every Disney character. Also it looks really good on the book shelf.
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John Grant's "Encyclopedia of Walt Disney's Animated Characters" is, beyond doubt, the single most useful reference volume about Disney's animated films ever printed. The original edition, published in 1983, was phenomenally complete -- it seems Grant *saw* every Disney animation ever made, and listed them in two sections: "The Shorts" and "The Features." It was up-to-date for its time; the "Features" section ended at "The Great Mouse Detective," and information on what were then Disney's only animated TV series, "The Wuzzles" and "Gummi Bears," was included in the "Shorts" material.
The first revision, published in 1993, brought the "Features" section up to date as of the summer of 1992, including a short entry on "Aladdin," still in production when the book went to press. It also added a third section on Disney's animated TV series. Unfortunately, the new material showed signs of having been hastily assembled. The television section included more promotional art than still frames; information was duplicated between the "Shorts" and "TV" pages; and there were a few noticeable inaccuracies (most egregious of all, a picture of the malignant asylum keeper from "Beauty and the Beast" was inexplicably captioned, "The old witch whose curse condemns the vain Prince to become the Beast").
First Net-rumors of a new revision were heard in the summer of 1997. The new edition was finally officially announced, with a release date of "November 1997." Now, nearly six months later, the third edition is available. The errors have been rectified, and don't seem to have been replaced by new ones.
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For those interested in Disney animation this book is a bible. Basically, it talks about, and shows pictures of, the characters of Disney's animated "actors" from Mickey Mouse right up to ... well, it depends on which edition you get. Mine is right up to those from "Basil, the Great Mouse Detective". There are later editions, but I admit to having very little interest in the more current animations, finding them cheesy and ingratiating.

Of particular interest are the highly informative articles by John Grant, who, notably, has also coedited an international encyclopaedia of geology (as per sleevenotes). I cannot vouch for that volume, but I can state that the Encyclopaedia of Disney Characters is easy to pick up, hard to put down.
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My son gets this book from our library week after week so I decided to look for it on Amazon to buy. I found several used copies and decided to go for it. The book I received is in excellent condition and my son loves it. It is a beautifully illustrated book with a font of information on all things Disney.
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